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Supersoldiers or Rulebreakers? Unpacking the Mind-Set of Special Operations Forces

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Special Operations Forces (SOFs) are increasingly central in national defense postures worldwide. The term “SOF mind-set” encapsulates the current political enthusiasm but is rarely explicitly defined or systematically studied. Based on a literature review, this article suggests a conceptual model of SOF’s mind-set, which is refined via a Danish case study. It discusses when and where this mind-set complicates collaboration with the wider military organizational environment and how SOF could navigate potential fault lines. By systematically unpacking SOF’s mind-set, the article aims to add nuance to polarized conceptions and stereotypes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArmed Forces and Society
Pages (from-to)1-21
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2018

    Controlled Keywords

  • Special operations
  • Special Forces
  • Organisational culture


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